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February 11-20, 2020

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Leadership

ReelAbilities Houston Chair Dee Dee Dochen and Co-Chair Benjy Hershorn
Chair Dee Dee Dochen (L) and Co-Chair Benjy Hershorn (R)
Photography by Chris Gillette

Dee Dee Dochen

Principal of DDD Marketing Communications since 1995, Dee Dee Dochen is a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum (ALF) Houston/Gulf Coast Chapter, Class XXXII, and serves as a board member of ALF-National. She is also a board member of Jewish Family Service, served as ReelAbilities 2019 co-chair, is an advisory board member of the Southwest Region of the Anti-Defamation League, member of the Ambassador Council of A.D. Players, and a marketing committee member for Miller Outdoor Theatre. Fortunate to have outlets for her love of music, Dee Dee is also a vocalist with local jazz and pop musicians and sings with the Shabbatones at Congregation Emanu El.

Dochen's connection to disabilities sparked 20 years ago while representing the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities. Through that experience, it struck her that misconceptions and judgments among abled people often served as the biggest barriers to employing and including people with disabilities, and she found herself gravitating toward client and volunteer opportunities that embraced inclusion, respect and education.

Benjy Hershorn

ReelAbilities Co-Chair Benjy Hershorn's path to disability advocacy began with a sudden spinal cord injury on 11/11/11 followed by the diagnosis of a rare form of Charcot Marie Tooth Disease (CMT), an inherited, progressive neuropathy. Despite these challenges and lessons learned, Benjy is grateful to be mildly affected and leads a full and active life. In his desire to support others with CMT, Benjy has become an outspoken advocate and leader in the Charcot Marie Tooth Association (CMTA). He is proud to have participated in cutting-edge genomic CMT research studies at The Jackson Laboratory in both Bar Harbor, Maine, and The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California.

A member of the ReelAbilities/ReelMusic 2019 committee and now co-chair of ReelAbilities 2020, Benjy is also a past board member of the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center (ERJCC). He is a commercial Realtor and proud Dad to daughters Halie and Samantha.


2020 HONORARY CHAIR

Lex Frieden, Director, TIRR Memorial Hermann, Independent Living Research Utilization

HONORARY COMMITTEE

Joan and Stanford Alexander, Founders, JFS Disability Services
Jerry Ashworth, SVP and CEO, TIRR Memorial Hermann
Anna M. Babin, President and CEO, United Way of Greater Houston
Judith Belanger, President and CEO, Cornerstone Home Lending Inc.
Gabe Cazares, Director, Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities
Mayor Pro-Tem Ellen Cohen, City of Houston
Susan Farb Morris, Chair, ReelAbilities Houston 2018, 2019
Lex Frieden, Director, TIRR Memorial Hermann, Independent Living Research Utilization
Kari Dunn Saratovsky, President and CEO, Jewish Federation of Greater Houston
Steven B. Schnee, PhD, Retired Executive Director, Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD
Maria Town, Director, President and CEO, American Association of People with Disabilities
Mayor Sylvester Turner, Mayor, City of Houston

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Connie Almeida, PhD, LSSP, Director of Behavioral Health Services, Fort Bend County, Texas
Judy Blake, Program Coordinator, Family to Family Network
Todd Curry, Chief Municipal Affairs Officer, Houston Airport System
Vikki Evans, Chair, ReelAbilities Houston 2017, 2018
Jess Faerman, Office Manager, Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities
Marla Matz Feldman, DDS, Chair, ReelAbilities Houston 2014
Susan Fernbach, Director of Genetic Outreach, Baylor College of Medicine
Susan Fordice, Retired President & CEO, Mental Health America of Greater Houston
Chuck French, Administration Manager, Houston Parks and Recreation Dept., Adaptive Sports and Recreation
Joanne Graf, Chair, ReelAbilities Houston 2016
Natalie Hausman-Weiss, Executive Director, The Woods Project
Elise Hough, CEO, Easter Seals of Greater Houston
Cindy Ivanhoe, M.D., Adjunct Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Texas McGovern Medical School; Clinical Professor, Baylor College of Medicine
Clare Sullivan Jackson, Founder and CEO, Sullivan Group
Eddie Jessie, Program Contract and Compliance Manager, Harris Center for Mental Health
Carl Josehart, COO, JFS
Joy Kaplan, President, JFS Board of Directors
Sakina Lanig, Community Aide, Harris County Commissioner Precinct One
Marian Luntz, Curator of Film and Video, Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Eric Mayer, Founding Co-Chair, ReelAbilities Houston 2013
Isabelle Mayer, Founding Co-Chair, ReelAbilities Houston 2013
Michael McCulloch, Founder, iBug
Amy Rahmani, Arts & Culture Director, ERJCC
Sara Speer Selber, Principal, The Project Management Team
Joshua Starnes, President, Houston Film Critics Society

FILM SELECTION COMMITTEE

Rhonda Abbott, AVP of Clinical Operations, TIRR Memorial Hermann
Christine Adair, Director of Rehabilitation Services, TIRR Memorial Hermann-Greater Heights
Danielle Alexander, Director, Kehillah High
Anita Benke, PhD, Interim Chief Medical Officer, FQHC Clinic
Adrianne Berger, Community Volunteer, JFS
David Berger, Community Volunteer, JFS
Linda Burger, CEO, JFS
Allie Danziger, Founder and CEO, Integrate Agency
Jennifer Deutsch, School Board Vice Chair, Beth Yeshurun Day School
Justin Deutsch, Program Coordinator and Office Administrator, Houston Congregation for Reform Judaism
Matthew Dickens, Deafness Resource Specialist, Communication Axess Ability Group
Vikki Evans, Chair, ReelAbilities Houston 2017, 2018
Jess Faerman, Office Manager, Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities
Karen Feld, LCSW
Jennifer Greenberg, Community Volunteer, JFS
Nicole Harrison, MBA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, VP & Chief Nursing Officer, TIRR Memorial Hermann
Ivy Ikes, LCSQ, CPRP, Senior Psychotherapist, JFS
Cathy Jankovic, Media Producer, Parkinson's Disease Center and Movement Disorders Clinic, Baylor College of Medicine
Joy Kaplan, President, JFS Board of Directors
Michael Krieger, Community Volunteer, JFS
Eve Lapin, Chair, JFS Disability Services
Sandra Lloyd, Director of Business Development, TIRR Memorial Hermann
Katherine Mack, Senior Director of HR Operations, FLUOR
Renee Margolin, Community Volunteer, JFS
Kathryn Nowlin , Disability Advocate
George Powers, J.D., Legal Specialist, Southwest ADA Center, TIRR Memorial Hermann
Aaron Ruiz, Intern, JFS
Kara Smith, LCSW, EMDR & Psychotherapy
Steve Vetrano, CEO, Avondale House
Rebecca A. Weiner, M.Ed., Educational Consultant
Julie Welch, Rehabilitation Manager, TIRR Memorial Hermann
Tina Williams, Ms. Wheelchair Texas, 2012

FESTIVAL FINANCE COMMITTEE

David Morris, Festival Finance Committee Chair, Director of Investments, Stifel
Dee Dee Dochen, ReelAbilities Houston Chair, Owner, DDD Marketing Communications
Benjy Hershorn, ReelAbilities Houston Co-Chair, Director of Real Estate Operations, Denmark House Investment
Sam Jacobson, Community Advocate
Carl Josehart, COO, JFS
Ernest Rapp, Vice President Business Development, PCCA
Philip Tenenbaum, Senior Partner, Mercer

FESTIVAL PRODUCTION

Tynesha Brown, Diversity Initiatives & Donor Relations Coordinator, JFS
Marie Bryant, Owner, The Captioning Company
Rachel W. Davis, Chief Development Officer, JFS
Mary Hanks, Audio Describer
LD Systems, Audio/Visual Production
Lynae Novominsky, Manager of Corporate and Community Outreach, JFS
Andie Palagi, ReelAbilities Houston Coordinator, JFS
Chris Ramirez, Film Coordinator/Producer
Jamie Weiner, Director, Celebration Company

SULLIVAN GROUP EVENT PRODUCTION

Alyssa Aboloff, Producer and ReelAbilities Houston Coordinator, Sullivan Group
Hilary Baars, Producer
Clare Sullivan Jackson, Founder and CEO, Sullivan Group
Jordan Lewis, VP and Executive Producer

SPECIAL PROJECTS

Carmina Alvarez, Novum Energy
Alex Chau, Intern, Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities
Justin Deutsch, Program Coordinator and Office Administrator, Houston Congregation for Reform Judaism
Wayne Dorris, PhD, Leadership and Management Consultant
M. Cody Francisco, Senior Advisor, MasterWord Services
Cindy Ivanhoe, M.D., Adjunct Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Texas McGovern Medical School; Clinical Professor, Baylor College of Medicine
Joy Kaplan, President, JFS Board of Directors
Sue Moraska, Director, VAST Academy
Sheryl Rapp, Founder, The UP Experience
Samara Rosen, Art Director, Celebration Company
Tonya Slone, Senior Executive Assistant, TIRR Memorial Hermann
Jamie Weiner, Director, Celebration Company
Sandra Wicoff, CEO, Target Hunger

ReelEducation & SPEAKERS OUTREACH

Adrianne Berger, Community Volunteer, JFS
Meena Dhanjal Outlaw, Author
Matthew Dickens, Deafness Resource Specialist, Communication Axess Ability Group
Ricky Harris, Deafness Resource Specialist, Communication Axess Ability Group
Enrique Oliu, Radio Broadcaster, Tampa Bay Rays
Angel Ponce, Senior Customer Service Manager, Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities
Peggy Turner, Adaptive Sports Coordinator, TIRR Memorial Hermann

VENUE LIAISONS

Ramona Pierre, Alexander Specialist for Early Literacy, Development and Special Learning Needs, Children's Museum of Houston
Hossein Farshchi, GM, Edwards Greenway Grand Palace Stadium 24 & RPX
Ric Hodgin, Director of Operations, A.D. Players
Lauren MacQueen, White Oak Music Hall
Leslie Steen, Property Manager, Brookfield Properties
Lisa Williams, Children's Museum of Houston

MEDIA RELATIONS

Mary Adler, VP Operations, Integrate Agency
Cristina Calderon, Senior Account Executive, Integrate Agency
Allie Danziger, Founder and CEO, Integrate Agency
Rachel Nieto, Account Director, Integrate Agency
Gloria Ribnick, PR Director, JFS
Vicki Samuels, President & CEO, Jewish Herald-Voice
Lindsey Scott, Social Media Coordinator, Integrate Agency
Susan Thomas, Internal Communications Manager, TIRR Memorial Hermann
Glenn Willey, Physician Liaison, TIRR Memorial Hermann

ReelWorkplace

Laura Alter, Manager of Employment Services, JFS

ReelMusic COMMITTEE

Dee Dee Dochen, Chair, ReelAbilities Houston, 2019, 2020
Benjy Hershorn, Co-Chair, ReelAbilities Houston, 2020
Heidi Massin, ReelMusic Co-Chair, Owner, Massin Media Productions
Neal Goren, ReelMusic Co-Chair, COO, Kest Enterprises
Michael Kahn, Executive Senior Partner, Lucas Group
Jennifer Greenberg, Community Volunteer, JFS
David Greiss, Sales Associate, Stages Repertory Theater
Maegan Murrow, Senior Music Therapist, TIRR Memorial Hermann
Meredith Silcox, Youth Development Director, Lake Houston Family YMCA